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Warnings from the military in Shropshire that drones could collide

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It's only a matter of time, I think, before we have a collision.

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Production soars by 11% at Solihull's Jaguar Land Rover.

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And two patients have died within six weeks of each other

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at University Hospital Coventry after being sent home from A and E.

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And upset about how she'd been treated.

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She told me they told her she was a time waster.

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There are warnings this lunchtime from the military in Shropshire

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who say it is only a matter of time, before one of its aircrafts

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collides with a drone, causing a potential disaster.

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RAF pilots in the area say they're seeing an increasing number

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They're asking people to contact them if they see drones

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Our special correspondent Peter Wilson has been investigating.

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They've been flying here for 100 years.

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There's not much that scares these men and women, but

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the defence helicopter flying school has a new enemy - drones.

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It's only a matter of time, I think, before we have a collision.

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We have had reported sightings in various parts

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of Shropshire, over Nesscliffe Training Area and over

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Telford and even though drones are only supposed to be flown

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up to 400 feet, these have been spotted at up

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Drones are remote-controlled aircraft costing as little as ?50.

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Last Christmas, one UK retailer sold 30,000.

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So concerned by the RAF about drones that they're saying to people living

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in Shropshire, if you see a drone flying, phone the RAF.

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At Harper Adams University in Shropshire, the next generation

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of drones are being developed for the farming industry.

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The researchers are working closely with the RAF

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to make sure their drones are safe.

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So, cloudy day, lights work really well.

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On really bright, sunlit days, you can't see

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lights too well, hence mirrors on this system here.

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The disco balls allowing it to actually be visualised

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by flashing light from the strongest source of the sun.

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More than 50 flights a day take-off from Shawbury.

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A helicopter crews pray that they won't be the first

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One of the biggest employers in the West Midlands has reported

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Jaguar Land Rover made 544,000 vehicles in 2016.

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The news means JLR remains the largest car manufacturer in

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It's news that will be welcomed by thousands

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of employees at the company, not to mention the local businesses

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But with Brexit looming, what does the future hold?

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Our reporter Vishala Sri Pathma is on the factory floor

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Vishala, these figures look like good news

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Well, it is good news. I'm here at Jaguar Land Rover in Solihull.

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Jaguar Land Rover are now the biggest car-maker in the UK for the

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second year running. Closely followed by Sunderland's Nissan

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factory. So it is good news, positive. Last year, car production

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was 1.7 million which is the highest it has been since 1999. Earlier, I

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spoke to the sales director at JL are and he is very optimistic about

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the future. From our perspective,

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we've not changed You know, we've got a huge

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ambition and we're keeping steadfast on our particular plans

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and so far, you know, our sales performance

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has not missed a beat. And so he's pretty optimistic about

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the future and, as he should be. He has just become the second year

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running the biggest car-maker in the UK. With a future with the European

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Union, the trading relationship under a bit of question because of

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how tariff free access is going to be, earlier on I spoke to some of

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the employees here. They are pretty confident. Pin-mac Prep proud of the

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company really. It seems everyone has been working hard and it seems

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to be picking up and everyone has a bright future for it. Proud to work

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year, proud to be part of the company. It's so well. So, yes,

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pretty positive about the future. Tariff free access will be key for

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the car industry. It is interesting to see what kind of deal Theresa May

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and Government will have the European going forward. Thank you.

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A major fire in Wolverhampton is still alight, but under control.

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At its peak the blaze at the AP Paper and Tissue factory

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saw 100 firefighters trying to put it out.

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There are currently still around 40 firefighters on the scene.

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The unit, on Wobaston Road in Fordhouses,

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People living nearby have been advised to keep doors

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Two patients have died six weeks apart after being sent home

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from accident and emergency in Coventry with a known condition.

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They both had an aortic aneurysm - a swelling of the body's

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main blood vessel - which if it bursts can be fatal.

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Both families blame a crisis in the NHS for the death

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Our Health Correspondent, Michele Paduano,

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This was June Foxwell on holiday last March.

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She suffered from high blood pressure and on August 22nd,

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following a scan, she was diagnosed

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with an aortic aneurysm, a bulge in a large artery in her tummy.

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Her family are still trying to come to terms with her treatment.

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After being sent home from A and E twice, she collapsed 11 hours

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University Hospital Coventry wouldn't answer any detailed

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questions but said it was working with the coroner to address all the

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But the coroner has already held an inquest into a death

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that occurred six weeks before Mrs Foxwell's

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The father of prominent Labour MP Toby Perkins died

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after being put in a taxi and sent home from University Hospital.

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Mr Perkins was shocked it could happen again.

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It is very worrying that the pressures that are on the

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National Health Service, on the University Hospital

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in Coventry particularly in this case, are such that the hospital

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are constantly having to make decisions about sending people home

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that really should be in hospital beds.

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She told me they told her she was a time waster and a malingerer.

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June used to count home their racing pigeons,

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Her husband is having to come to terms now with life without her.

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A 37-year-old man has denied causing religiously aggravated

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criminal damage at a Sikh temple in Leamington Spa during a protest

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Kulvinder Bir Singh of Tilehurst drive in Coventry,

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is alleged to have destroyed signs relating to the wedding ceremony

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inside the temple in Leamington Spa last year.

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Well, it's been really cold bitterly cold outside today.

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Is it likely to get any warmer, Shefali?

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It is, yes. But as you point out, the cold is the most outstanding

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feature of today. Otherwise, a sense of nothingness really. Dull, dreary,

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but at least it is dry. However, it will not look like that for the rest

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of the week. There is likely to be patchy rain around. Turning milder

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but the best of the brightness looks like it will be on Friday morning

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and through much of Saturday. This is today. We have this big clump of

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cloudy right across as as you can see from the satellite picture from

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earlier on. That is pinning down temperatures to between 0 degrees

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and two Celsius. At the wind-chill factor to that and we are talking -2

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2-6 is what it will feel like. You can see from the blue tinges that

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the temperatures are struggling. The cloud is just part of the story. The

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results or cold continental air being sucked up from the south and

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that will continue the cooling down processed through this evening and

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overnight as indeed will be cloud breaking up. That will be

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temporarily filling in again. There will be a widespread frost tonight

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and we will have some snow on wet surfaces and ice on untreated roads

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which could be a hazard. Temperatures plummeting 2-3 C, just

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the odd missed patchy and there. Tomorrow morning, a largely dry day

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but cloud thickening for the afternoon ahead of a frontal system

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pushing in from the West for Friday evening.

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Later in Midlands Today at half past six, we'll be hearing from a mother

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from Warwickshire who wants cannabis oil prescribed

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to her five-year-old son to help treat his chronic epilepsy.

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That's with Mary Rhodes this evening.

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But from me and the lunchtime team, it's bye for now.

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TV: He's not your father. WOMAN GASPS

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so why not pay your TV licence in weekly instalments, too?

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